Setting Your Focus

What to do about what you can’t control for you and your team My wife homeschooled our children for a few years. She did a great job motivating our kids. She set an end of the year reward for the kids to go to an amusement park if they hit their weekly and semester goals. The kids hit their goals and the day trip was planned. One of my children had their heart set on riding one particular ride for months.  The day came and the excitement grew as we stood in line to buy tickets. The gates opened and […]

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My Anchor Holds – Hebrews 6:19-20 (TPT)

We want to pause a moment and just share a little Jesus together. Yes, we have tips and suggestions about partnership development amid the current coronavirus situation; however, all of our action must stem from our foundation in Christ. So, grab a mug of tea or a cup of coffee and let’s sit with the Lord of All for a little bit. “We have this certain hope like a strong, unbreakable anchor holding our souls to God himself. Our anchor of hope is fastened to the mercy seat which sits in the heavenly realm beyond the sacred threshold,and where Jesus, our […]

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Stop Toilet Paper Hoarding. Start Empowering Your Donors.

Everyone has an opinion and advice on what to do about the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Even ISIS has weighed in, warning its followers to stay away from Europe so they don’t get infected. Here at The Agitator we’re focused on the effects the pandemic will have on fundraising in hopes we can offer some helpful insights, advice and additional resources.  To that end last week we issued the first of what will be a series of Agitator Updates –information over and above our scheduled posts– and we’ll continue to send them to all readers via email. Over the weekend we touched base with lots of veteran […]

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Forced Stillness

Be “quarantined” and know that I am God! I will be exalted in the nations! I will be exalted in all the earth.Ps 46:10 NCV (New COVID-19 Version) Most of us are uncomfortable with stillness. Our reasons vary, but the roots of so much of our constant activity are sunk in the soil of an identity of doing rather than one of being. For many of us, the most accessible list of adjectives to describe ourselves is based on what we do, not who we are. It’s just, well…it’s just American, unfortunately.  I get it. In some ways, this hypervigilant action orientation […]

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Survival Guide to Raising Support During the Coronavirus – Part 1

(This is Part 1 in our series as we look at heart postures and strategies for connecting with ministry partners during the coronavirus pandemic.) No battle plan survives first contact.  It is a strategic fact that the best made plans won’t last after meeting reality, one must adapt to the circumstances presented. This is true in partnership development too. The internet goes out, it’s suddenly Christmas and no one is available, you have a family emergency, or maybe there is a global pandemic.  So then, what must we do? Before unpacking some really practical suggestions about communication and adaptation—let’s start […]

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Should I Even Be Raising Support Right Now?

Survival Guide to Raising Support During the Coronavirus – Part 2 (This is part 2 in our series as we look at heart postures and strategies for connecting with ministry partners during the coronavirus pandemic.) While on a stateside trip for some leadership meetings I was asked to stop by a friend’s ministry in Oklahoma City to speak at the Rescue Mission downtown on my way back to Germany. I shared a short devotional and a few minutes on my current ministry. Then something happened that humbled and amazed me. It was a holy moment. The Executive Director asked the […]

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How Do I Raise Support Right Now?

Survival Guide to Raising Support During the Coronavirus – Part 3 (pulled from Steve Shadrach’s article, “Successful Support Raising in a Suffering Economy”. This is part 3 in our series as we look at heart postures and strategies for connecting with ministry partners during the coronavirus pandemic.) First, remember again that God is in control. Keep the ministry vision centralScott Morton with the Navigators says, “We must remember we are inviting supporters to advance the Kingdom, not merely to meet our personal needs.” YWAM’s John Ray adds: “Let’s help our supporters process what is really valuable and how their investments […]

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Communication

Survival Guide to Raising Support During the Coronavirus – Part 4 (This is part 4 in our series as we look at heart postures and strategies for connecting with ministry partners during the coronavirus pandemic.) You should always be communicating with your ministry partners. Especially when ministry might be in flux as travel becomes restricted and events are cancelled, your partners might be wondering what you are doing? Be vision focused in what you communicate, that means communicating what you ARE doing and not just listing what you are not doing. As you keep your supporters updated on your ministry, […]

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How Do You Meet Face-to-Face?

Survival Guide to Raising Support During the Coronavirus – Part 5 (This is part 5 in our series as we look at heart postures and strategies for connecting with ministry partners during the coronavirus pandemic.) As you are scheduling appointments you may have to consider alternate ways to meet face-to-face. As public gathering places are not recommended and social distancing is the buzzword of the day, how can you meet with someone in a relational way? Explore Options. Simply ask when you are setting up the appointment if they would like to meet in person at their home (or yours) […]

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Partnership Development and the Coronavirus

Many of you in the middle of raising support may be wondering what to do during this unprecedented time. Today there are more school closings, limitations on gatherings of more than 10 people, more chaos at airports, overall social distancing, and the like. We don’t know yet how the coronavirus will affect ministry workers raising support. Dave Dickens of CRU recently offered some brilliant thoughts on his email newsletter list that I wanted to share with you at explaining some helpful things to help you navigate this chaotic season (some of it is slightly adapted to serve this blog’s audience): Let’s be prayerful. […]

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